Sunday, October 21, 2018

Tip#1117: Every Cloud Has A Silver Lining, Part 6 - The Spy Who Dumped Me

I’ve been sick in bed for almost a week now and felt so incapacitated. It was similar but different than the lack of motivation symptoms of seasonal affective disorder (SAD) that I feel this time in autumn. I had no drive to post anything on my social media or do any work. I realized that this cold was another opportunity to rest, do some physical clearing (blowing nose, coughing up phlegm) and be off technology. These all could be the silver lining to make sure my life is on track or a chance to reset it.

The beautiful synchronicity of the timing of this cold happened at the start of another house sitting gig where I got to rest and heal in a brightly lit home in a neighborhood of Toronto I love and with a lush garden overflowing with mint plants and cherry tomatoes! I’ve been drinking a lot lemon and mint infused water I believe was helping detox my body. Other delicious soups and foods were also helping me ride out the cold and make me feel re-vitalized. I had a lot of time doing nothing and to clear my congested head which my body needed.

After five days of not watching any films I finally felt ready for some movie medicine. The one I chose once again surprised me with insights I received as well as being entertained! And it was about silver linings.

The Spy Who Dumped Me (2018)

The action comedy film, The Spy Who Dumped Me, is about cashier Audrey (Mila Kunis) and her best friend Morgan (Kate McKinnon), who unwittingly become entangled in an international conspiracy thanks to Audrey’s ex-boyfriend and CIA agent Drew (Justin Theroux). This entertaining film is a great mix of high action spy movie scenes and a hilarious buddy-film. The cast also includes Sam Heughan, Hasan Minhaj and Gillian Anderson.
See: movie trailer
Buy now: Amazon Prime

I was surprised at the number of great James Bond style action sequences intermixed with the funny dialogue throughout the film. The chemistry between Kunis and McKinnon was fun to watch and I later read that they’ve been friends since they were 7 and 10 years old. The director and co-writer, Susanna Fogel, wanted the movie to show a strong female friendship and she found the perfect actresses!

This film is also a fantastic European road trip taking us from Los Angeles to Vienna, Prague, Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin and Moscow. Audrey had never traveled to Europe before so the silver lining of her problems ended up making one of her wishes a reality. This unexpected trip also helped Audrey and Morgan discover or rediscover their hidden skill sets and talents. I was inspired by these life lessons while being entertained at the same time. Hopefully you will too when you watch this film as an inspirational learning tool!

Sometimes life feels like it forces us down a path we don’t want to go. It might make us slow down and reassess our choices in life or maybe push us onto a scarier yet more rewarding one. Either way movies are a great tool for lifting up our moods and give us a vision of what is possible. Find a film today to inspire you to find the silver lining of whatever cloud you feel trapped under!


Related Tips:
Tip#67: Every Cloud Has A Silver Lining, Part 1 - 4 Movie Tips
Tip#400: Recognize All Your Silver Linings – Under The Tuscan Sun

See 100's of inspirational movie tips now: Movies for Motivation

DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE DEALING WITH
DEPRESSION OR DIFFICULT TIMES?
• READ: Top 10 Inspiring Movies for Managing Depression
• READ: Emmanuel & Depression featured in The Toronto Star
• LISTEN: Emmanuel's CBC Radio Interview on Movie Messages of Hope: The Fresh Air Show
• WATCH: Uplifting Movie Montage produced by Emmanuel Lopez!
• DISCOVER: 8 Creative Tools for Motivation & Depression

Remember How Movies Can Help You:
A) Entertain & Escape
B) Re-energize & Release
C) Inspiration & Motivation

 http://bit.ly/cj7UIphttp://www.pinterest.com/motivatorman1/http://bit.ly/9Je5dhhttp://bit.ly/djk9Yjhttp://bit.ly/bUSAy0

Emmanuel Lopez-Motivatorman
Motivational Speaker
Discover Movies As Inspirational & Learning Tools!
See website: www.motivatorman.com
 
© Emmanuel Lopez 2018

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Tip#1116: Discover Your Cinematic Role Models, Part 3 - Casino Royale

One key factor that somehow always re-energizes me is being around good people. Even though I am an introvert and can get re-energized being by myself I can also feel uplifted and feel a surge of enthusiasm and confidence when I’m with friends and surrounded by like-minded people.

This happened recently at the fantastic screening and pre-show of the James Bond film Casino Royale live in concert at The Sony Centre for the Performing Arts. During the pre-show fellow movie lover, Richard Crouse, Toronto Film Critic and TV Host interviewed Evan Mitchell, Symphony Conductor in a lively discussion about coordinating the orchestra with the images of the film.

Richard went on to say how powerful it was to see a movie in this live concert setting because of the enthusiasm expressed together by the audience. It is a unique cinematic experience and social gathering!

I’ve been to several shows at The Sony Centre and I knew exactly what Richard meant because the audiences are very open to cheering and applauding at triumphant scenes or exhilarating musical moments. So I loved joining in with the applause after the first big orchestral chase scene or seeing Bond win a big hand at poker. And I had to laugh at hearing the clapping and cheers when Bond came out of the ocean in his tight swim trunks! Everyone was just having a great time while listening to outstanding live music.

Casino Royale (2006)

The action thriller film, Casino Royale, is about British Secret Service agent James Bond (Daniel Craig) and his first mission facing off with Le Chiffre (Mads Mikkelsen), a man who finances terrorist organizations. This highly entertaining reboot and updating of the James Bond film series features all the iconic music, characters, cars, action sequences, exotic settings and Bond girls famous of the franchise!

See movie trailer or watch now: Amazon Prime

This may be my favourite Bond film because Daniel Craig’s portrayal exuded a relentless tenacity I loved. His inner strengths of perseverance, resilience and indestructible optimism inspires me to find that in myself. And these character strengths are not just in the fight scenes but in his challenge of wits during the high-stakes poker game with Le Chiffre. Bond also demonstrates his keen analytical training in reading people with a playful and engaging first meeting with his strong-willed and beautiful partner Vesper Lynd (Eva Green).

Inspiring Themes:
• Courage & Confidence
• Perseverance & Tenacity
• Resilience
Indestructible Optimism
• Leadership
• Teamwork
• Supportive Relationships
• Strategic Thinking
• Resourcefulness

Finding cinematic role models can help re-energize your inner strengths and potential. They can help you feel that seemingly impossible problems in your life, career or workplace can be overcome. Being around good friends and people can also help re-energize you when you feel stuck or hopeless. And if you can combine good people with a good movie then you may end up feeling like the courageous movie hero as well!



Related Tips:
Tip#147: Discover Your Cinematic Role Models - 3 Movie Tips
Tip#698: Discover Your Cinematic Role Models, Part 2 - 12 Years a Slave
Tip#1116: Discover Your Cinematic Role Models, Part 3 - Casino Royale

See 100's of inspirational movie tips now: Movies for Motivation

DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE DEALING WITH
DEPRESSION OR DIFFICULT TIMES?
• READ: Top 10 Inspiring Movies for Managing Depression
• READ: Emmanuel & Depression featured in The Toronto Star
• LISTEN: Emmanuel's CBC Radio Interview on Movie Messages of Hope: The Fresh Air Show
• WATCH: Uplifting Movie Montage produced by Emmanuel Lopez!
• DISCOVER: 8 Creative Tools for Motivation & Depression

Remember How Movies Can Help You:
A) Entertain & Escape
B) Re-energize & Release
C) Inspiration & Motivation

 http://bit.ly/cj7UIphttp://www.pinterest.com/motivatorman1/http://bit.ly/9Je5dhhttp://bit.ly/djk9Yjhttp://bit.ly/bUSAy0

Emmanuel Lopez-Motivatorman
Motivational Speaker
Discover Movies As Inspirational & Learning Tools!
See website: www.motivatorman.com
 
© Emmanuel Lopez 2018

Sunday, October 07, 2018

Tip#1115: The Uplifting Power of Cinema, Part 7 - A Simple Favor

It’s Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada and I have a lot to be thankful for. I am grateful for the sunny days that always re-energize me on my daily walks. I am grateful for the awesome thrift store jacket I found that makes me feel like a million bucks. I am grateful for fantastic dental services that are helping me smile more. And I am grateful for all my friends, relatives, social media contacts that continue to be so encouraging and supportive of my movie blog and journey overcoming seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and depression.

I am also so thankful to the divine forces in my life like God and my Dad’s spirit who continues to show up in the form of shiny dimes that I find. And how can I forget all the amazing movies that always show up like pure magic to lift me up during dark times or inspire me with answers to problems I face.

There are comedies I’ve discovered that help me with the healing power of laughter. And there are mystery thrillers that help get my blood pumping, engage my brain and keep me riveted to the screen. There are also films that inspire me with the use of social media to express one’s passion and reach a global audience. And then there are rare movies that combine all of the above in one amazing cinematic experience!

A Simple Favor (2018)

The mystery thriller comedy film, A Simple Favor, follows a vlogger of crafts and recipes, Stephanie Smothers, (Anna Kendrick) unraveling the disappearance of her mysterious and rich best friend Emily Nelson (Blake Lively). This highly entertaining movie features engaging performances by the cast, an amazing European soundtrack and a stylish noir atmosphere with some hilarious moments. See: movie trailer
Watch now: Amazon Prime

I must say I was enthralled by Lively’s enigmatic performance as well as Kendrick’s resilient performance. They both demonstrated strong-willed, perseverant characters but with very different personalities. I was also surprised at how funny the film was though the director Paul Feig is already well known for the humor of the movie Bridesmaids and The Office TV series.

Stephanie’s vlogging was also inspiring as she demonstrated why YouTube has helped introduce a generation of individuals with video shows doing what they love, being themselves on camera, having huge global audiences and making good money. It got me thinking about how to further use social media to reach even more people seeking my creative coping solutions, like movies, to deal with SAD and depression.

The power of cinema can be so uplifting and it can also be an amazing educational tool. Be inspired today to experience films in ways you never thought of before to benefit your health, life or career. There are a massive number of movies waiting for you to discover. Find one today with the intention of feeling great afterwards. You’ll be so thankful you did!

Related Tips:
Tip#1000: The Uplifting Power of Cinema – Celebrating 1,000 Movie Tips & In the Film song 
Tip#1038: The Uplifting Power of Cinema, Part 2 - The Zookeeper’s Wife 
Tip#1040: The Uplifting Power of Cinema, Part 3 - Their Finest 
Tip#1044: The Uplifting Power of Cinema, Part 4 – Galaxy Quest 
Tip#1080: The Uplifting Power of Cinema, Part 5 - Phantom Thread 
Tip#1113: The Uplifting Power of Cinema, Part 6 – 4 Movies from the 90’s
Tip#1115: The Uplifting Power of Cinema, Part 7 – A Simple Favor 



See 100's of inspirational movie tips now: Movies for Motivation

DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE DEALING WITH
DEPRESSION OR DIFFICULT TIMES?
• READ: Top 10 Inspiring Movies for Managing Depression
• READ: Emmanuel & Depression featured in The Toronto Star
• LISTEN: Emmanuel's CBC Radio Interview on Movie Messages of Hope: The Fresh Air Show
• WATCH: Uplifting Movie Montage produced by Emmanuel Lopez!
• DISCOVER: 8 Creative Tools for Motivation & Depression

Remember How Movies Can Help You:
A) Entertain & Escape
B) Re-energize & Release
C) Inspiration & Motivation

 http://bit.ly/cj7UIphttp://www.pinterest.com/motivatorman1/http://bit.ly/9Je5dhhttp://bit.ly/djk9Yjhttp://bit.ly/bUSAy0

Emmanuel Lopez-Motivatorman
Motivational Speaker
Discover Movies As Inspirational & Learning Tools!
See website: www.motivatorman.com
 
© Emmanuel Lopez 2018

Sunday, September 30, 2018

Tip#1114: What Does Family Mean to You? Part 10 - Moonstruck - Unleashed

I just trudged through a third week of seasonal affective disorder (SAD, winter depression, winter blues). For me the onset of SAD felt like slowly entering a dark tunnel where the shorter days of sunlight quietly tightens around my body and brain. The symptoms are similar to clinical depression where I’d start to lose my focus and concentration, feel heaviness in my arms and legs, feel hopelessness, withdrawal and a loss of self-worth. If this sounds familiar I encourage you to research more about the symptoms and coping tools for SAD. Read: SAD

The pattern of my SAD symptoms occur during the fall and winter months from September to March which is why it’s also called winter depression or winter blues. It can feel very isolating and these are times I really wish I had a family of my own or other like-minded people for support. This is why I’ve been actively seeking out local support groups, Facebook groups, Meetup groups and new LinkedIn contacts that can relate.

Though movies are a great coping tool when I’m alone a sense of family or clan is still so important during these dark months. Thankfully I’ve been rediscovering films that inspire that sense of family and loving support to keep me positive on my search. Here are two very different yet entertaining examples…

Moonstruck (1987)

The romantic comedy film, Moonstruck, is about Loretta Castorini (Cher) a widowed, 37-year-old, Italian-American woman who falls in love with her fiancée's estranged, hot-tempered younger brother, Ronny Cammareri (Nicolas Cage). This hilarious, heartwarming movie is filled with memorable moments and dialogue by a note-perfect cast that includes Olympia Dukakis, Vincent Gardenia, Danny Aiello and Feodor Chaliapin Jr.
See: movie trailer 
Watch now: Amazon Prime



I saw this romcom for the first time in many years and immediately fell in love it! All the characters and the story lifted me up and left me smiling. As a food lover there were so many scenes with food and my favourite was the breakfast scene of the eggs fried inside a hole in a slice of bread. And every scene between Loretta and Ronny and each member of her family had dialogue that was electric! It’s these scenes of family that warmed my heart because of the love that eventually shined through the frustration, pain and anger.

Unleashed (2005)

The martial arts action film, Unleashed, is about Danny (Jet Li) trained like an attack dog by Crime Boss Bart (Bob Hoskins) but discovers a better life thanks to blind piano tuner Sam (Morgan Freeman) and his daughter Victoria (Kerry Condon). This movie is a unique genre mash up of martial arts action and a comedy drama featuring the power of music and family.
See: movie trailer 
Watch now: Amazon Prime

If you are a fan of Jet Li or intense action fights that’s equally about the love of family and friendship then I highly recommend this film. Every scene with Sam, Victoria and Danny is full of warmth in how they help Danny’s hurt childlike mind adjust to receiving love, encouragement and support instead of being treated, literally, like a dog from his old life. Watching Danny learn to play the piano, shop in a grocery store and eat ice cream for the first time was unexpectedly fun! In the end I was deeply moved by how Danny transformed from a traumatic upbringing into a man surrounded by a new, caring family.

Family can be portrayed in so many different ways in the cinema that can inspire and warm your heart. How about you? What movies about family lifted your spirits and brought some light into your life?

Related Tips:
Tip#660: What Does Family Mean to You? Part 1 – Fast & Furious 6 
Tip#712: What Does Family Mean to You? Part 2 - Love Actually 
Tip#773: What Does Family Mean to You? Part 3 - Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Tip#794: What Does Family Mean to You? Part 4 - The Good Lie
Tip#795: What Does Family Mean to You? Part 5 – This is Where I Leave You 
Tip#948: What Does Family Mean to You? Part 6 – The Jungle Book
Tip#995: What Does Family Mean to You? Part 7 - Captain Fantastic
Tip#1073: What Does Family Mean to You? Part 8 - Office Christmas Party 
Tip#1093: What Does Family Mean to You? Part 9 - Grandma 
Tip#1114: What Does Family Mean to You? Part 10 - Moonstruck - Unleashed



See 100's of inspirational movie tips from this blog listed A to Z!

DO YOU KNOW SOMEONE DEALING WITH
DEPRESSION OR DIFFICULT TIMES?
• READ: Top 10 Inspiring Movies for Managing Depression
• READ: Emmanuel & Depression featured in The Toronto Star
• LISTEN: Emmanuel's CBC Radio Interview on Movie Messages of Hope: The Fresh Air Show
• WATCH: Uplifting Movie Montage produced by Emmanuel Lopez!
• DISCOVER: 8 Creative Tools for Motivation & Depression

Remember How Movies Can Help You:
A) Entertain & Escape
B) Re-energize & Release
C) Inspiration & Motivation

 http://bit.ly/cj7UIphttp://www.pinterest.com/motivatorman1/http://bit.ly/9Je5dhhttp://bit.ly/djk9Yjhttp://bit.ly/bUSAy0

Emmanuel Lopez-Motivatorman
Motivational Speaker
Discover Movies As Inspirational & Learning Tools!
See website: www.motivatorman.com
 
© Emmanuel Lopez 2018